Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: 2.79

or
 
   
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) [Paperback]

Michelle Tea
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback 10.54  
Paperback, 11 Jan 1998 --  

Book Description

11 Jan 1998 Semiotext(e) / Native Agents (Book 4)
Published by Semiotext(e) to critical acclaim in 1998, Michelle Tea's debut novel The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America quickly established Tea as an exciting new literary talent and the voice of a new generation of queer, bisexual, transgendered, and straight youth. The Village Voice called Passionate Mistakes "the legacy of thirty years of feminism," and Eileen Myles, writing in the Nation, hailed the novel as "a hunk of lyric information that coolly, then frantically, describes the car wreck of her generation."The too-smart, caustic, and radiant narrator of Passionate Mistakes is, at twenty-seven, an ex-Goth, ex-drummer, ex-straight girl, ex-lesbian separatist vegan graduate of vocational high school in the working class town of Chelsea, Massachusetts. Written with lyrical precision and charm, the novel describes a journey with no final destination, a fast-paced and picaresque road trip that yields a redemptive vision of an America that has nothing left to offer its youth. This new edition of a Semiotext(e) classic includes critical essays by Brandon Stosuy and Eileen Myles that describe Michelle Tea's achievement as a literary innovator and cultural icon. Michelle Tea is the prolific author of the Lambda Award-winning Valencia, the graphic novel Rent Girl, the "inspired queer bildungsroman" Rose of No Man's Land, and other books. She was a 1999 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for fiction. Her critically acclaimed books have appeared on "books of the year" lists in publications ranging from the Voice Literary Supplement to the San Francisco Chonicle. She lives in San Francisco.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (11 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570270740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570270741
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,211,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"At 27, Michelle Tea is an ex-prostitute, ex-Goth, ex-drummer for Dirt Bike Gang, ex-straight girl, ex-lesbian separatist vegan, ex-Catholic schoolgirl, and ex-resident of Chelsea, Boston's working class slum. She is poised, with this breakthrough debut volume, to become the spokesperson for America's young queer girl mutant horde." New Books Weekly "Full of burning intensity." New York Times "Sentences that snap, and pop off the page to create a wholly formed, gruesomely real universe between the book covers." Chas Bowie Portland Mercury "The first time I read The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, I thought, Yes. Finally. No book has gotten closer to describing my own experience as a teen American girl, even though I came of age on a different continent than Michelle Tea, and never slept with another girl, and never worked as a prostitute. She captures something so close to the core of contemporary female experience that I want to get trite about it. I want to gush. I want to call her the Voice of a Generation, the New Jack Kerouac." Bookslut "The legacy of thirty years of feminism... Rollicking and blistering, pained and hilarious, wired and wild-eyed and smashingly good." Laurie Stone Village Voice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the prolific author of the Lambda Award-winning Valencia, the graphic novel Rent Girl, the "inspired queer bildungsroman" Rose of No Man's Land, and other books. She was a 1999 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for fiction. Her critically acclaimed books have appeared on "books of the year" lists in publications ranging from the Voice Literary Supplement to the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco. Eileen Myles, named by BUST magazine "the rock star of modern poetry," is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree, and Not Me (Semiotext(e), 1991), and is the coeditor of The New Fuck You (Semiotext(e), 1995). Myles was head of the writing program at University of California, San Diego, from 2002 to 2007, and she has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Foundation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Fast & Risky Coming of Age Story! 24 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Michelle Tea's debut spins a mesmerizing spider web of her life's little adventures. Part Mary Gaitskill (who has a cover blurb), part Cookie Meuller, and part Blake Nelson, her style wins you over quickly but has its own dark intentions. I especially liked the tone of the book and her unpolitical and honest observations about sexual situations.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was mildly entertaining, especially since I could relate to many of the author's experiences. However, the book lost steam about halfway through. The writing is pretty shallow, and it seems like the author got lazy towards the end. Maybe her next book will be better.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Ms. Tea's zest for life and magnetism for adventure drips like honey from each and every page of this luscious journal. Grimy and gritty, Tea's seductive tales left me in the throws of nostalgia for my own teenage debauchery in Boston. A must read. Buy this book. Now.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coulda Been a Contender 16 May 2000
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This supposedly radical tale of adolescence, shallow political conviction, lesbianism and prostitution was a letdown. Tea's prose reminds me of those girls who will natter incessantly to anyone who will listen about their self-inflicted degradation with all the gory details but not a point to be found. Lacking introspection and only rarely showing flashes of wit, this one's a simplistic catalog of truly sad events. It is not helped by its affected prose style, featuring teen-girly exclamations, run-ons, and erratic capitalization. This is beneath Tea, who doesn't seem willing to write at her obviously high intelligence level. She does a great disservice to this material, which could have been incisive literature rather than the forgettable trash it is.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read if you like ms. tea 18 Oct 2005
By just some - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
although this wasn't a life changing, earth shattering book by any means i thought it was worth my time. it was fun and personable. a good first attempt and worth a read when you consider the effect she has had on young, queer liturature. don't expect perfect prose or classic liturature, but if you're looking to kill a few hours with a "querky" queer gal or want to read the debut by the author of valencia, than give this book a shot.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heard a lot of hype about this book, and I was disappointed. 24 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was mildly entertaining, especially since I could relate to many of the author's experiences. However, the book lost steam about halfway through. The writing is pretty shallow, and it seems like the author got lazy towards the end. Maybe her next book will be better.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tea taught myself to me 2 Nov 2002
By emily schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
michelle tea's first work of prose, "passionate mistakes" won me over to her instantly. i read this book in one sitting (it's a little short, but potent) and i feel changed mentally by it.

when i read this book, i felt cool... like i was hanging out with michelle and her friends, doing crazy stuff, living the young punk-dyke life. and that was fun. i would recommend this book followed by "valencia".
3.0 out of 5 stars Wild contradictions aside! 9 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Gathering from the pile of reviews, you either love or hate this one, don't you? Not me... I had mixed feelings. It is definitely a good read, hard to put down at times... which for any book makes it worth buying. Part of what I liked about the writing was that it was accessible: I felt close to the author, as though she were writing about things that could have happened to me (even though they really couldn't have). On the other hand, it sometimes feels like the author wasn't performing a lot of analysis with the material. In this style, one thing happens, and then another, and then another... Hard to care, though, because like I said it is a fun read!
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback